This rather sleepy property may not have a slew of activities like other big resorts, but every unit is a sizeable 2/2 with a full kitchen, and your private lanai overlooks the manicured courtyard and the shimmering Atlantic, just across the street.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Parking is free, but there is a resort fee of $22.50, unless you're an owner with Hyatt.
These spacious, condo-style accommodations will wean you from hotel rooms forever. Master bedroom has a king bed; guest room has a queen. Kitchen is fully loaded with plates, glassware, and gadgets. The décor is sea-inspired but refined. You’ll want to spend most of your time curled up in the rattan chairs on the lanai. Extra touches are a telescope, and a stackable washer/dryer (with detergent).
Building 1 and 8 are closest to the ocean.
Master en-suite bath has a walk-in shower, separate jetted tub, large vanity, and a separate water closet. Second bathroom is small with a step-in tub/shower and single vanity.
Bring your own toiletries as housekeeping tends to forget to provide them.
It’s welcoming, with Mexican tile and warm terracotta hues that glow in the sunlight through the windows. Step up to the counter to check in, a concierge will give you your unit supplies and try to pitch you on buying a week, or two.
The pool area is the resort's centerpiece and worthy of it. Infinity-edged and overlooking the ocean, it’s tranquil, and the visiting iguanas are entertaining. There is plenty of deck space, loungers, and umbrellas, one hot tub, and Abbey Road Snack Shack is just steps away. Pool hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is not a separate pool for kids, so if yours are loud and love to splash, be prepared for unapproving stares.
No spa onsite.
No gym onsite.
A historical nod to The Beatles, Abbey Road Snack Shack is their poolside bar/café/sundry store. With the Atlantic on the other side of Roosevelt Boulevard, the views and breeze are fantastic. On the menu, standard easy fare like burgers, dogs, wraps, pizza, sandwiches, and salads. Sit on the deck under the pergola and shoot a game of pool while you wait for your order--and read about The Beatles' visit to this site.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but they stop taking food orders at 5 p.m.
Abbey Road Snack Shack has beer, wine, and a few pre-mixed drinks like piña coladas and margaritas.
Beautifully maintained grounds lush with green grass, palms and fuchsia bougainvillea, with the sea providing a stunning backdrop. There are bar-be-que grills for your use, shade supplied by pergola structures, and one bench swing sits alone facing the ocean.
Get your game on at their beach volleyball court, play ping pong, shuffleboard or shoot a game of pool. Lots of pay-per-person activities are also offered like aqua yoga ($23), Bingo Fridays, paint a coconut… the weekly schedule is in the lobby.
There is no shuttle, which is a shame, so your options are renting a bike from the front desk, renting a scooter from a nearby shop, calling Lyft, or driving your own vehicle. Taxis are pricey (about $20 each way) to Duval.
La Trattoria Oceanside (2-minute walk) is a romantic bistro that’s been a favorite for 30+ years. Fresh seafood with an Italian twist and fresh pasta is served nightly, by the ocean. For dinner and a show, walk next door to Benihana (2-minute walk). They are consistently good and their shrimp and steak are excellent. SALUTE! On The Beach (10-minute drive) is, as its name hints, on the beach overlooking the Atlantic, serving lunch and dinner.
Head to La Trattoria Oceanside (2-minute walk) every Monday for $5 martinis. At the Casa Marina Resort, hang out at their huge poolside bar, Sun-Sun (10-minute drive). Food is available, too. Louie’s Backyard (12-minute drive) is not only one of the best restaurants on the island, they have a bar upstairs where no reservations are necessary.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Being on the outskirts of town provides a unique perspective on this eclectic island city, and the property is beautiful inside and out. You can go get crazy on Duval yet return to your quiet piece of paradise.
It may not have a spa or fitness center, and the sound of jets from the neighboring airport can shatter your serenity every hour, but the good elements (views, space, service) far outweigh the minor inconveniences.